Analysis of degenerate mechanisms triggering finite-amplitude thermo-acoustic oscillations in annular combustors

Sandeep R. Murthy, Taraneh Sayadi, Vincent Le Chenadec, Peter J. Schmid, Daniel J. Bodony

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A simplified model is introduced to study finite-amplitude thermo-acoustic oscillations in -periodic annular combustion devices. Such oscillations yield undesirable effects and can be triggered by a positive feedback between heat-release and pressure fluctuations. The proposed model, comprising the governing equations linearized in the acoustic limit, and with each burner modelled as a one-dimensional system with acoustic damping and a compact heat source, is used to study the instability caused by cross-sector coupling. The coupling between the sectors is included by solving the one-dimensional acoustic jump conditions at the locations where the burners are coupled to the annular chambers of the combustion device. The analysis takes advantage of the block-circulant structure of the underlying stability equations to develop an efficient methodology to describe the onset of azimuthally synchronized motion. A modal analysis reveals the dominance of global instabilities (encompassing the large-scale dynamics of the entire system), while a non-modal analysis reveals a strong response to harmonic excitation at forcing frequencies far from the eigenfrequencies, when the overall system is linearly stable. In all presented cases, large-scale, azimuthally synchronized (coupled) motion is observed. The relevance of the non-modal response is further emphasized by demonstrating the subcritical nature of the system's Hopf point via an asymptotic expansion of a nonlinear model representing the compact heat source within each burner.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)384-419
Number of pages36
JournalJournal of Fluid Mechanics
StatePublished - Dec 25 2019
Externally publishedYes

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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